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Supporting Leaders of the "New Public"

Specific Donation Trusts

In order to create conditions for supporting public interest corporations, authorized NPOs, and other leaders of the "New Public," the fiscal 2011 tax system revision included establishment of the "Specific Donation Trust" system to encourage individuals to use trusts to make charitable contributions. MHTB, therefore, began in March 2012 to handle new products that invest and manage funds entrusted by customers, and make annual contributions of principal and investment income to public interest corporations and other beneficiaries.

Supporting the Activities of Social Entrepreneurs

To move forward with the development of social businesses in Japan, Mizuho has provided support for the activities of Ashoka Japan since its founding in 2011. Ashoka Japan is affiliated with Ashoka, an international organization providing support for social entrepreneurs. In addition, Mizuho has accumulated knowledge and know–how into social businesses and is giving consideration to how financial institutions should become involved in these activities.

Efforts for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)

Infrastructure Fund

MHSC donates a portion of the trust fees it receives from beneficiaries of its Global High Yielding Pure Infrastructure Fund (Monthly Dividend) (Growth Type) and Global High Yielding Advanced Infrastructure Fund (Currency Select Type), which invest in equities of such companies as those holding infrastructure–related assets, including roads, airports, ports, and harbors, to organizations that are working to improve the infrastructure in the developing countries. Companies that are included in the investments of equity investment trusts and are called "pure infrastructure companies" are those that own or manage infrastructure assets and are expected to show sustained growth along with the emergence of new infrastructure demand in the emerging countries and expansion in demand for the renewal of the infrastructure in industrialized countries.

List of SRI Funds Managed by Mizuho (As of Mar 31, 2016)

Fund name (Nickname) Management company Sales company Net asset balance (Millions of JPY) Features, etc.
Global High Yielding Pure Infrastructure Fund (Monthly Dividend) (Growth Type) Shinko Asset Management MHSC 3,708 Donation of a Portion of Trust Fees to Organization Working to Improve Developing Country Infrastructure
Global High Yielding Advanced Infrastructure Fund (Currency Select Type) Shinko Asset Management MHSC 9,173
DIAM Highly Rated Income Open SRI (Monthly Dividend) (Happy Clover SRI) DIAM Multiple financial institutions 253 Invests in government bonds and corporate bonds in highly rated resource–rich countries and the stocks of Japanese corporations that actively engage in CSR activities and that are expected to experience sustainable growth.

For more information on environment–related funds, bonds, etc., please refer to the pages covering Product Development and Sales.

Financing for NPOs Engaged in Housing Development in Low Income Communities in the U.S.

The U.S. Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) encourages financial institutions to work in partnership with state and local governments and community–based organizations to provide financial services to all members of a community. In line with CRA and the Mizuho Financial Group's commitment to leveraging its financial expertise to address societal needs, Mizuho Bank's U.S. commercial bank subsidiary, Mizuho Bank (USA), regularly provides community development loans, investments, grants and services to innovative nonprofit organizations that work to strengthen low and moderate income neighborhoods of New York City, where the bank is headquartered.

Since its inception in 2002, Mizuho Bank (USA) has maintained a robust portfolio of loans and investments supporting the creation and preservation of affordable housing and the provision of primary healthcare and other services. One of Mizuho Bank (USA)'s longtime community development clients is Common Ground, a supportive housing provider that develops and manages exceptional affordable housing and supportive service programs for homeless and other vulnerable New Yorkers. Over the past twenty–five years, Common Ground has renovated or constructed fourteen buildings benefiting over 12,000 people in need. Mizuho has provided a line of credit to Common Ground since 2002, which has helped facilitate the creation of 1,540 units in ten buildings in partnership with public sector financing sources. Mizuho Bank (USA) is proud to support nonprofit clients like Common Ground who have such a positive social impact on our local communities.

In addition, the bank's corporate foundation, the Mizuho USA Foundation, provides charitable grants for initiatives that contribute to the strength and vitality of urban neighborhoods. Mizuho staffs provide volunteer assistance by serving on nonprofit boards and committees, or just lending a helping hand. Mizuho Bank (USA) has received an Outstanding CRA rating from federal and state banking regulators.

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Common Ground's Brook Avenue Residence for formerly homeless adults. Mizuho loan helped Common Ground finance the project costs.

Promoting Activities by SMEs and Middle market Corporations

As part of its efforts to promote the SMEs and middle market corporations that are the driving force behind the Japanese economy, Mizuho has been supporting the Medium and Small Business Research Institute since its founding in 1966. We support the Good Company Grand Prix Award program, which is sponsored by the Center, and its empirical surveys and research.

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CSR Management

Fostering Industries with the Aim of Generating Business Opportunities

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